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To All R C Fans, What Was Your Favorite Season And Why?


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2008. Expectations couldn't have been lower that year coming off the Petrino/Vick fiasco. Ryan's first NFL pass was a TD to Jenkins against the Lions and although it wasn't the most exciting season from today's standpoint, that team got the city excited about football again.

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2009 would be hard to top for Saints fans.

However, 2006 may have been the most amazing football season a community could ever ask for. I'll never forget the page of the Times the morning after the Championship game loss to the Bears. A simple, "Bless you boys.", with a collage of pictures from the year.

I'll never forget sitting and watching the opening game in the Superdome with my dad. During all of the pregame festivities I looked over to see him crying. Some will say it's just football, but to many in New Orleans during Katrina who had been Saints fans their whole lives, 2006 was more than football.

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Christmas eve 1995 when we beat the Niners to make the playoffs. Jessie Tuggle signed my jersey and was just really awesome all around. Game will always stick with me. Saw it live, met my favorite Falcon for the 2nd time. WE BEAT THE NINERS TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!! All around great game. Really great Christmas too.

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not a season

but best Moment for Falcons

The 2008 Draft

alot of ppl credit Brees for saving the Saints franchise

how ppl can overlook Ryan is beyond me

since we Drafted him, he has made us relevant, he has shattered every Falcon Record in 6 yrs and 3 games, seems like with him on the Field, The Falcons always have a chance, Before him this Franchise had never had Back to Back winning Seasons, with him they put together 5 str8 .....

Matt Ryan is the best thing that has ever happened to The Atlanta Falcons, and I cringe to think where would be if the fans had their way in 2008 and we had drafted Glenn Dorsey Instead .....

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Actually he propositioned a cop that was undercover as a prostitute...yeP, Eugene Fuggin' Robinson!

THAT WAS A GREAT SEASON TOO BAD HE HAD TO FUGG IT UP AT THE END

SUPER BOWL XXXIII; Robinson's Arrest Looms Larger After the Falcons' Defeat

By MIKE FREEMAN

Published: February 2, 1999

Some Atlanta Falcon players said today that they were not surprised when their teammate, Eugene Robinson, was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in a seedy section of Miami the night before Super Bowl XXXIII. After all, some of them said, other Falcons had been there several times for the same purpose.

''Guys had been going there all week,'' a Falcon starter said. ''It's just that Eugene was the only one who got caught.''

In interviews after the game and this morning, several Falcon starters spoke about Robinson's arrest and its affect on the team. They insisted on anonymity because of their concern that their comments could be divisive to a team that hopes to return to the Super Bowl.

While they said they were unsure how many players went to the area north of downtown frequented by prostitutes, they estimated that it was at least five, some of them starters.

The players said that Robinson had heard from teammates about the area and, the players added, ''he wanted to see it for himself.'' The Miami police said Robinson offered an undercover officer $40 for sex on Saturday night. The player has said he is innocent of the charge, but apologized to his teammates and his family, saying he did not ''maintain the high standards for myself.''

While publicly the Falcon players maintained Robinson's pre-game arrest was not a distraction, privately they said different. Those interviewed said the morning of the game was very tense, and all the talk was about Robinson.

''Instead of getting mentally ready for the Broncos,'' another Falcon player said, ''we were talking about Eugene. The Broncos beat us, but anyone who says what happened to Eugene was not a factor is lying.''

Falcon players said the team did not play its normally sharp game and that there were many blown blocking assignments and botched secondary coverages.

The comments from Atlanta players were part of an extensive postmortem after Atlanta's 34-19 loss. The Falcons had entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the National Football League, after upsetting the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings on the road. They had a potent offense led by quarterback Chris Chandler and running back Jamal Anderson, and a solid defense as well.

They figured to give the Broncos a much better game, especially considering running back Terrell Davis was playing with a sore groin muscle and tight end Shannon Sharpe tore a knee ligament early on and did not return. The Falcons could not have asked for a better situation.

But something happened. The team that became one of the best stories in the league, a team that had shown the cool, killer instincts of a champion against the San Francisco 49ers and the Vikings in the playoffs, did not have its mental edge against Denver. The Falcons got inside Denver's 30-yard line seven times, but managed only two field goals and a touchdown. During the regular season, Atlanta scored 27 touchdowns and 14 field goals in 46 chances inside the red zone. Of the five missed chances, four were the Falcon quarterback taking a knee to end the game.

Many of Atlanta's problems had to do with the Broncos, of course. Coach Mike Shanahan threw things at the Falcons they were not expecting, and quarterback John Elway was a dazzling 18 of 29 for 336 yards. Denver's defense sacked Chandler twice and intercepted him three times. No doubt, the Broncos were better.

But were they more than two touchdowns better? The Falcons say no, and privately they pointed to several distractions in addition to Robinson's arrest.

Falcon players interviewed said the fact that families were allowed to travel and stay with the team -- something few teams allow -- was a novel idea, but proved to be a major distraction in some cases. Some Falcons were inundated with requests from family members for things like tickets and hotel rooms. By comparison, families were not allowed to stay with Bronco players.

''Your family is going to become really important,'' Robinson said before the game. ''Everybody in your family is going to want your time. They're going to bug you for everything, and you have to realize the distraction and make sure you get your work in.''

Robinson bluntly said after the game, ''Having families in the hotel became a hassle to some guys.''

Several Falcons also said that their living situation reminded them more of a compound than a hotel. Players could not receive phone calls directly in their rooms. Instead, all calls were routed to a receptionist, who took a message. Security at the hotel was tight, and several friends of players who tried to visit -- including some agents -- were turned away.

Some Falcons think all of these things are just excuses. ''There is no way we're going to turn our backs on our teammate in an adverse situation,'' linebacker Jessie Tuggle said, speaking of Robinson. ''As a team, this wasn't a distraction. I think it made us stronger.''

No one has taken the loss harder than Reeves, who is the third coach in league history to go without a victory in four Super Bowls. His teams have been outscored, 170-59. The Falcons were a wonderful story this season, especially for Reeves, who had heart surgery but returned to the sideline after five weeks.

Still, the Robinson arrest, followed by the loss, has put a damper on the season.

''They don't get any easier,'' Reeves said of the Super Bowl losses. ''I think the more you have, of those losses, the more you hurt.''

Yep

That dumbass Eugene Robinson was dead to me after that.

For f***s sake, he was a NFL player on going to be playing in the big game on Super Bowl weekend. Did he really have to attempt to pay for some?????

Still to this day, I just don't get it.

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